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Breastfeeding and Dental Health: Does it Cause Dental Problems?

September 19th, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of their life in order to promote healthy growth and development. As defined, exclusive breastfeeding is no other food, drink or water except breastmilk. From a dental standpoint, breastfeeding reduces the chances of baby bottle tooth decay. Studies have also shown that exclusive breastfeeding reduced the likelihood of teeth alignment issues such as open bite, crossbite, and overbite.

An open bite is where the teeth do not align properly when the jaws are closed. Causes of open bite include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and skeletal problems.

Open Bite:

A crossbite has two classifications: Posterior and anterior crossbite. A posterior crossbite involves the lower back teeth fitting over the teeth in the upper jaw.

Posterior Crossbite:

An anterior crossbite involves the bottom front teeth fitting over the teeth in the upper jaw.

Anterior Crossbite:

An overbite involves the teeth in the upper jaw overlapping the teeth of the lower jaw. This is commonly known as “buck teeth”.

Overbite:

What  does research say happens if you breastfeed past 6 months?

A study by Pediatrics showed that prolonged breastfeeding increased the risk of cavities (tooth decay) in children. The research showed that children who were breastfed 24 months or longer were 2.4 more times likely to have severe cavities. Now does this mean that you should stop breastfeeding after 6 months? No! The study did not take into account the oral health habits of the children, frequency of breastfeeding, and the additional foods added to the baby’s diet once exclusive breastfeeding is no longer done. More recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that there was no association between breastfeeding beyond the age of one and cavities. The factors that did lead to increased risk of cavities involved high sugar intake and socioeconomic status.

What are some causes of tooth decay?

  • Frequency of sugar

limiting the consumption of foods and drinks that have a high contact of sugar is important to reducing the risk of cavities.

  • Bacteria in the mouth

Streptococcus mutans bacteria, is the main source of cavities. This agent can be passed from caretakers to children through sharing of utensils and kissing.

  • Poor oral hygiene

Ways to protect from decay

  • Your child’s first dental visit should be around their first birthday
  • Teeth or gums should be cleaned twice a day. This can be done by wiping them with a wet washcloth
  • Once other foods have been introduced into the diet, offer water as this will wash away lingering sugar
  • Make sure that your child goes to sleep with a clean mouth- this means no juice or sugar filled foods before bedtime
  • Avoid putting your child’s toys, cups, utensils in your mouth to reduce the spread of bacteria from your mouth to theirs

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.speareducation.com/spear-review/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/frank1_22.png

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Crossbite.jpg

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https://thenewageparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/buck-teeth-in-children-what-to-do.jpg

https://www.healthline.com/health/open-bite

https://www.healthline.com/health/crossbite#definition

https://www.healthline.com/health/buck-teeth

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcT6NpB7mBH33ta2U478E4PmwEnqp_mMlxzYKg&usqp=CAU

https://thoroughdentsmiles.com/2020/03/25/breastfeeding-and-dental-health/

Risky Behavior: Vaping, Cigarette Use, and COVID-19

September 14th, 2020

We have all been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes us all in this fight together. Even though the virus still persists, great strides and global participation in social distancing, wearing face coverings, and following safety protocols are helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Scientists and researchers across the world are continuously uncovering important research and highlighting factors that increase the risk of battling coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has emphasized, based on research and clinical expertise, that individuals with weakened immune systems, including older adults, and those with underlying medical conditions (examples: lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension, just to name a few) are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness. More recently a new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, suggests teens and young adults who vape or smoke cigarettes are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection.

Along with the COVID-19 pandemic (currently 29,182,627 worldwide cases and a disheartening 928,281 deaths reported), the devastating health crisis in many young adults: tobacco and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)/vaping product use, has still been an extensive public health issue across the nation. Back on September 24, 2019, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charles D. Baker, declared e-cigarette use a public health emergency following the significant link between e-cigarette products and severe lung disease leading to many deaths across the United States. Unfortunately, e-cigarettes have routinely been marketed as “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking, although in reality they carry many of the same risks as well as new risks. The inhaled liquids are often composed of nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, along with other substances. Each product, however, can have a variation of other ingredients and concentrations, which may be toxic to the body.

The study, entitled, Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019, consisted of an online survey conducted in May completed by 4,351 individuals across the United States ranging in age from 13 to 24 years old. The study participants were asked if they had ever used vaping products or cigarettes, and if they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days. The participants were then divided between those who used nicotine products in comparison to those who reported never using nicotine products. The groups were asked if they had experienced COVID-19 symptoms, received a test for COVID-19, or tested positive for the virus. Taking into consideration reported medical conditions and sociodemographic factors, the researchers found that individuals who used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the last 30 days were approximately 5 times more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms than those who never used nicotine products. Of the individuals who received a COVID test, those who had used e-cigarettes were 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who never vaped. Plus, individuals who used both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes within the last 30 days were approximately 7 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19. The study authors believe that the link between nicotine products and lung damage is thought to be the reason behind the resulting increased risk of coronavirus infection. "This study tells us pretty clearly that youth who are using vapes or are dual-using are at elevated risk, and it's not just a small increase in risk, it's a big one," Dr. Shivani Mathur Gaiha, one of the study's authors, warned.

Knowing the dangers about vaping and cigarette smoking is key. The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/08/vaping-raise-risk-covid-among-teenagers-young-adults/

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/08/vaping-linked-to-covid-19-risk-in-teens-and-young-adults.html

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200811/Smoking-and-vaping-significantly-increase-risk-of-COVID-19-in-teens-and-young-adults.aspx

https://www.tecc.org/tobacco-and-covid-19/

https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/vaping-and-covid-19/

A Hot Topic: Ceiling UV Lights

September 10th, 2020

Ever heard of a ceiling light that could kill microorganisms and viral infections like COVID-19? Researchers and scientists are looking heavily into the idea with germicidal ultraviolet (GUV or UV-C) lights. Hospitals and large health corporations commonly use ultraviolet (UV) light devices for sterilization, and it has proven in many circumstances to be a safe and effective non-chemical method to kill germs. More recently, some hospitals are even using UV light to sterilize used N95 masks to avoid personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. Plus, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City is now using UV light to help sterilize surfaces on public transportation.

Now, according to the National Public Radio (NPR), some restaurants and medical offices, including ours, are utilizing UV light in the ceiling to eradicate potentially harmful airborne particles. As stated by NPR, there are already numerous research studies out that have shown UV-C light to safely and effectively stop airborne microbes from spreading diseases including measlestuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a coronavirus disease that is genetically similar to COVID-19. UV-C light works by using its high energy to obstruct microbial DNA by blocking their ability to reproduce and infect the environment. It is our top priority to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy, and our caring team at WDG is doing everything that we can to always be here for you and your family.

UV light is particularly becoming a topic of interest as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the United States, which researchers know primarily spread through microscopic aerosol particles which may linger in the air for long periods of time. As new research continues to be conducted, the use of UV light may even become more widespread in other indoor places such as schools and local stores.

David Sliney, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University who has also studied germicidal UV light commented, “Although it’s not perfect, it probably offers the best solution for direct air disinfection.” However, more research needs to be done regarding UV light and its effect on fighting COVID-19. Many researchers believe this is a step in the right direction, along with following current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines including wearing face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Did you know, at WDG we have also introduced these UV devices at ground-level to protect our patients and staff:

UV-SANITIZING HEPA AIR PURIFIERS and STERILIZING UV LAMPS

H13 HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the reception area and hallways. These purifiers have been tested to eliminate over 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, these purifiers have the built-in germicidal UV system that sanitizes the air of microorganisms including viruses and mold. In complement to our heightened airflow management and filtration systems, we have also installed UV lamps that sterilize the environment.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/13/890387205/coronavirus-sparks-new-interest-in-using-ultraviolet-light-to-disinfect-indoor-a

https://ultraviolet.com/what-is-germicidal-ultraviolet/

https://www.6sqft.com/mta-launches-uv-light-pilot-program-to-kill-covid-19-on-nyc-subways-and-buses/

Celebrating Labor Day Safely

September 6th, 2020

Can you believe we're approaching Labor Day already? Labor Day honors the work and achievements of U.S. workers and typically marks the closing of summer for many as we get ready to approach the fall. Normally, Labor Day weekend is full of social parties and celebrations across America, but experts warn that this Labor Day should look differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, although the holiday may be a vacation for us, COVID-19 is still rising and not taking any days off!

Sadly, after gatherings during Memorial Day, the cases of COVID-19 drastically increased, with 4 million more cumulative cases since the holiday. As of today, in the United States there are currently 6,432,209 cases of COVID-19 and 192,864 deaths reported. According to CNN, a model cited by leading health experts predicts over 400,000 Americans could die by January 1st 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains, “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day...It really depends on how we behave as a country.”

It is important to remember that the pandemic is not over, and not to let up on safety precautions, especially during this holiday weekend! Beth Blauer, an executive director at Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, who has been tracking U.S. COVID-19 transmission data at the Coronavirus Resource Center, warns, "We're seeing a lot of evidence that transmission is happening in smaller, family-driven parties." Even small gatherings can consequently lead to greater spread, which can be deadly for some. CNN reports that a wedding and reception in Maine on August 7th was found to have infected 144 people within the past month. Of the 144 infected individuals, 56 of the cases were from individuals who were at the wedding and reception, however, after interactions with people who attended the gathering the virus also spread 100 miles to a nursing home and 220 miles to a county jail. Sadly, two individuals have passed away following the spread from the event.

So, what does this mean for your day off? Health experts say that the pandemic does not have to stop all of your Labor Day fun. However, to avoid a surge in cases, there are actions to take to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread to help make the holiday weekend safer for everyone, according to epidemiologist and professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Ali Mokdad:

  • Getting outside, hiking, bike rides, and other outdoor activities in non-crowded areas is preferred over indoor activities
  • Wear masks at all times when not eating, continue to practice social distancing, and keep your hands and frequently touched surfaces disinfected
  • Keep the family units separated by at least 6 feet or more
  • Make sure tables, food, condiments, eating utensils and trash containers are also separated
  • Have each family bring their own food, avoid food sharing. If food is shared, separate into small containers in advance to be distributed
  • Communicate safety protocols to all guests if hosting an event

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/health/labor-day-covid-19-precautions-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/health/labor-day-coronavirus-safety-wellness/index.html

https://nypost.com/2020/09/04/fauci-warns-7-states-need-to-be-covid-19-cautious-over-labor-day-weekend/

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/09/03/USAT/b47f8c50-52ae-43ec-9483-84992a0fc2c0-Labor-Day.png?width=580&height=326&fit=bounds&auto=webp

https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/local/chemung-county-health-department-advising-a-covid-free-labor-day-weekend/

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